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Re: Disaster on K2

Postby Athos791 » Thu Mar 26, 2009 5:05 pm

smoove wrote:
Vicious-Peanut wrote:
The italian is the one who gave his axe to the tangled climbers.


I think so too, but this left me confused. I mean, why? Did he really think they would ever get down, or was it just a gesture to them? He could have used it for sure, so I'm leaning toward it being a gesture to them, an honor of sorts.


I thought that was strange too...I mean, those guys weren't going anywhere on their own. What a nightmare.


Agree, it was strange.. My only thought is that after two and a half days straight in the death-zone, they were not in the right frame of mind. Altitude was for sure getting to them. Wilco was having major hallucinations even.
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Re: Disaster on K2

Postby rlw49 » Tue Mar 31, 2009 8:45 am

Finally watched this on DVR. Excellent show on what ended up being a morbid subject. It's a wonder they all didn't die. Downclimbing an unroped route in the "Death Zone", are you kidding me! How did any of them make it back, especially Wilco. The Sherpa is in a league all his own!

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Re: Disaster on K2

Postby davebks » Tue Mar 31, 2009 12:31 pm

History Channel had another called Mountains and Man. It was on a few times last month but haven't seen it since. I am sure it will come around again. There's some great shots on that documentary.
The k2 one was cool. Sad but interesting to watch. You just don't see much footage of k2 out there for a reason.
I would love to see some more real footage of peaks in the alps.
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Re: Disaster on K2

Postby Shawnee Bob » Tue Mar 31, 2009 4:12 pm

Show was decent. I'll be looking for the History Channel program. I wish someone would pick up on some of the other epics elsewhere in the Himalayas. Stats show that Annapurna is probably the most dangerous 8k peak, and I think Ed Viesturs' stories about it would back that up. Don't get me wrong, the Everest programs are great. But there's a whole other world outside the Everest circus. Was glad to see someone put together something on K2. Very cool.
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Re: Disaster on K2

Postby smoove » Tue Mar 31, 2009 4:31 pm

Just wanted to post this for the pic of the Bottleneck with climbers taken by Nicholas Rice--the American guy who (luckily) spilled water on his socks and had to abort the attempt. Wow.

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_v95Ffis3Nlk/S ... eck+K2.JPG

http://watershednews.blogspot.com/2008/ ... -zone.html

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Re: Disaster on K2

Postby Shawnee Bob » Tue Mar 31, 2009 5:34 pm

Yeah, exactly! That thing goes, they'll never find the pieces of you. Watching the show, those teetering seracs were the spookiest things of the whole film.
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Re: Disaster on K2

Postby jrbren_vt » Wed Apr 01, 2009 7:01 am

Shawnee Bob wrote:Show was decent. I'll be looking for the History Channel program. I wish someone would pick up on some of the other epics elsewhere in the Himalayas. Stats show that Annapurna is probably the most dangerous 8k peak, and I think Ed Viesturs' stories about it would back that up. Don't get me wrong, the Everest programs are great. But there's a whole other world outside the Everest circus. Was glad to see someone put together something on K2. Very cool.


Have you seen these before, they are very good (caveate, I have not seen the Aconcagua one (yet) )
http://www.adventure-video.com/store.html
I also like these as no one dies in it, which seem to be a prerequisite for any climbing film on TV.
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Re: Disaster on K2

Postby Shawnee Bob » Wed Apr 01, 2009 10:58 am

OOOO! I need to check these out. Thanks for the link!
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Re: Disaster on K2

Postby Dad Mike » Wed Apr 01, 2009 11:38 am

Does anyone know why they don't stick to the rocks on the left in that picture? It looks like it would limit some of the danger. Maybe it's a lot steeper than it looks.

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Re: Disaster on K2

Postby rlw49 » Wed Apr 01, 2009 11:51 am

Conjecture on my part. The rock face is steep, tall, and would require way too much expenditure of energy at that altitude.
When you're worrying about just taking 2 steps and breathing, I don't imagine rock climbing that big a face would be too attractive. Will let the experts here comment further. I don't think I would like the view of those huge seracs looming over me, even doing the bottleneck. Gives me the "willies".

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